Authorities seize Austin-bound K2 ingredients from China, police say


Federal authorities seized two parcels sent to Austin from China that contained ingredients used to produce the illegal drug K2 on May 9, police said.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials notified Austin police on May 4 that they intercepted two packages, each containing a kilogram of synthetic cannabinoid powder.

A delivery sting operation by the U.S. Postal Inspector, Drug Enforcement Agency and Homeland Security led to the arrest of 51-year-old Keith Nunley, who was taken into the custody of U.S. Marshals and charged in a federal court, police said.

“The seizure of this undiluted powder represents numerous kilograms of finished synthetic cannabinoid (K2) product,” police said in a statement Thursday.

Nunley was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, after police said the packages were destined for his P.O. box.

Synthetic cannabinoids — commonly known as synthetic weed, K2 or Spice — are drugs that in some states are marketed as a legal alternative to marijuana.

Over the years, Austin-Travis County EMS medics have treated hundreds of people on the streets of downtown Austin for K2-related symptoms that have ranged from hallucinations, seizures and violent behavior to low blood pressure mixed with low heart rate.


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